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Oliseh: Super Eagles Cannot Afford Slow Start Against Croatia

Oliseh: Super Eagles Cannot Afford Slow Start Against Croatia

By Johnny Edward:

Former Super Eagles coach Sunday Oliseh has warned Nigeria against starting Saturday’s 2018 FIFA World Cup opener against Croatia slowly, reports Completesportsnigeria.com.

The Super Eagles, who are making their sixth appearance at the FIFA World Cup, started poorly in their last two pre-World Cup friendlies against England and Czech Republic which ended in defeats.

“It will be a long day if we don’t start well,” Oliseh told CSN.

“We must ensure that they don’t get too comfortable on the ball. They have more creative players to hurt any team but likewise we have players who could disrupt their rhythm as well.”

Oliseh, who played for Nigeria at the 1994 and 1998 World Cups, also urged the forwards to be clinical when they get the chance to score.

The former Super Eagles captain added: “It will be tough imposing our game on them because of the qualities they have but whenever we get to do that we must make it count by taking the chances that come our way. I wish them good luck.”

Since making their debut at the FIFA World Cup, the Super Eagles have won two of their opening World Cup games, losing two and drawing one.

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  • As we can see today in the match between Australia and France, names don’t win matches but commitment, team work, sacrifice, total concentration and team unity plus some luck are some of ingredients needed to be successful. One can say in this match Australia have held their own against France and some might even say they’ve been the better side even if France goes on to win the match today.

    If I can suggest something to the technical crew of the NFF practicing penalty taking & defending, set pieces taking & defending must be strategies or tactics that must be incorporated to all teams starting from the u13s all the way to the SE. Also, the technical crew should and must compile stats of penalty takers of the opposing teams for instance is a player more likely to place the ball to the right or left, and make these info available to the goalkeepers as people are creatures of habit.

    • Kweli 3 years ago

      Thank you. Poor set piece taking and defending is the bane of African football. Why we don’t learn is something I will never comprehend. So many games are won or lost through set pieces, including corners.

  • Sam fad 3 years ago

    Good talk bro